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July 3, 2015 - 3:10pm
15 hours 53 min ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Andrew Desjardins has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons.

He had a career-high five goals in 69 regular-season games between the Sharks and Blackhawks and had a goal and three assists in the playoffs.

The...

July 3, 2015 - 3:10pm
16 hours 23 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran has been put on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees because a strained left oblique muscle.

New York made the move before Friday's homestand opener against Tampa Bay and said it was retroactive to Wednesday.

The Yankees already are missing starting centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been slow to heal from a knee injury that has kept him on the disabled list since May 20. Ellsbury played with Class A...

July 3, 2015 - 2:55pm
9 hours 43 min ago
North Division
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)4437.543
Rochester (Twins)4337.538½
Buffalo (Blue Jays)3842.475
Pawtucket (Red Sox)3844.463
Lehigh Valley (Phillies)3448...
July 3, 2015 - 2:41pm
10 hours 43 min ago

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag on his car made popular in "The Dukes of Hazzard" television series.

The two-time Masters champ said Friday he'll replace it with the U.S. flag on the roof of the "General Lee 01."

Confederate symbols have been the focus of debate since nine people were killed June 17 at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Authorities say the accused...

July 3, 2015 - 2:33pm
16 hours 33 min ago

A person familiar with the discussions says the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to sign newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly to a seven-year contract extension.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal. The agreement was reached early Friday.

O'Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract. He was scheduled to make $6.2 million next season....

July 3, 2015 - 2:30pm
16 hours 33 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees have settled their dispute over a marketing payment the team declined to give him, agreeing the club will make $3.5 million in charitable contributions.

At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their $275 million, 10-year contract in December 2007, they reached a separate marketing deal that called for $6 million each for up to five milestone accomplishments. That included A-Rod's 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for...

July 3, 2015 - 1:26pm
16 hours 33 min ago

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is confirming that two baseball players have defected while in the United States for a series of games against U.S. collegians.

Official sports website Jit said Friday that third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North Carolina, where the Cuban team has been playing tuneups ahead of the Pan American Games in Toronto.

An earlier report from Jit said outfielder Yadiel Hernandez also defected.

The 25-year-...

July 3, 2015 - 1:19pm
17 hours 3 min ago

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Connor McDavid on a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old star spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters. He was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the NHL draft last month.

McDavid, from Newmarket, Ontario, had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games with Erie last season.

McDavid helped Canada win...

July 3, 2015 - 1:08pm
17 hours 33 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Having spent this week coaching her, two-time All-Star Steve Finley says the French 16-year-old making history as the first woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list is "very coachable" and has "good baseball I.Q."

Speaking to The Associated Press, Finley wouldn't hazard a guess at whether Melissa Mayeux will one day make it to the big league, as she hopes. He says it's unfair to ask whether a player so young is the real deal and that...

July 3, 2015 - 1:05pm
9 hours 43 min ago

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says it has agreed to loan its defender Martin Montoya to Inter Milan for a season.

In a statement Friday, it says the clubs have agreed the loan can be renewed automatically if the 24-year-old Montoya plays regularly.

Barcelona says the Italian club can opt to buy the player at the end of the second season.

Montoya progressed through the ranks at Barcelona, making 43 appearances for the senior...

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